church reform

“If Christianity is to become aware of what it is, we must abandon the pastoral church which takes care of people, which is the usual form of the Western church. Instead, we have to call to life a Christian community church. Either we set about this church reform by ourselves, or it will be forced on us by the loss of church members.”

Jurgen Moltmann, The Source of Life (p. 96)

HT

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Had to share this meal story from Sunday night:

We joined a household of Christians for dinner and fellowship on Sunday. This household of young women have a specific calling to reach Muslims in Greater Boston (I hope to blog about them at length in the future), and they host a meal at their home EVERY NIGHT and invite people they meet during the day, specifically for the purpose of incarnating Jesus through hospitality. (two are students at the local community college, and the other is studying massage therapy)

Sunday, one of the girls went to a local Middle Eastern deli to pick up a few things from dinner, and she was asked by the Muslim manager (named Muhammed) about the event for which she was preparing.  She said, “We’re having a huge dinner at our house … wanna come?”  She gave him a number where he could call if he wanted to come. As we were finishing up the prayer before the meal, one of the girls got a call from Muhammed, saying he was on his way over with “some meat” and bread. He said he’d be over in 10 minutes, which in African time meant an hour later. When Muhammed — who hails from Algeria — finally got there, he had a pan full of lamb and several loaves of bread. We had already eaten, but we did what you do when a Muslim offers you food: you eat again.

Dessert (besides the incredibly delicious Bosnian bread and fruit we enjoyed) was a wonderful conversation about Muhammed’s Muslim faith, not an uncommon chat to have with most Muslims. In fact, I’m told that most Muslims expect religious conversations to occur, unlike many Westerners, who get all bent out of shape.  He enthusiastically told us about how many similarities exist between Islam and Christianity, and many of the Christians present were able to tack on a few of the notable differences (mainly, that Jesus is God, not just a prophet). It was cordial all around, and yet another example of how food can truly be a catalyst for kingdom activity.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. […] Oh well, here’s another great quote stolen from my friend Steve Holt, Jr. who stole it from another blog I like whose author stole it from a famous theologian … “If Christianity is to become aware of what it is, we must abandon the pastoral church which takes care of people, which is the usual form of the Western church. Instead, we have to call to life a Christian community church. Either we set about this church reform by ourselves, or it will be forced on us by the loss of church members.” […]

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  2. Steve — What a great story! This is why you went to Boston, yes? I see God working in so many parts of these stories and in your lives there.

    Moltmann was right, of course… on both counts. Some have “set about this church reform” by themselves. And others are having it forced on them.

    By the way, wonderful to hear from you this morning! We should talk more often … once a year perhaps?

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